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Subsequently, the current reports
(partly in the original language only):

Reports 2019 <klick here>
Reports 2018 <klick here>
Reports 2017 <klick here>
Reports 2016 <klick here>
Reports 2015 <klick here>

latest reports (up from January 2019)  (see below)

Anniversary in 2020:


  • 2020-04: Uganda / Kasese: Community initiatives

Community initiatives: fish ponds and tree plantings Thomas Kenja has been the PBF manager in Uganda for over ten years. He works with the local population in western Uganda, in the city of Kasese. The city has around 70,000 inhabitants and is the main Read more […]


  • 2020-04: Ethiopia / Lalibela: Corona prevention day #1

PBF in the service of the people: Corona prevention has started Our team met in our office yesterday Tuesday and decided together how we would like to continue with the actual prevention steps today. We see that the virus will spread to other parts of Read more […]


  • 2020-04: Kenya / Nairobi: physical distancing in Mathare slum

Physical distancing is a privilege of the middle and upper classes. It will be impossible for the slum dwellers and the rural population of African countries to realize this new necessity, social distancing. For a few days now, thousands of slum dwellers Read more […]


  • 2020-03: Ethiopia / Lalibela: COVID 19 and prevention at PBF

The current situation also presents our foundation with new challenges – not only in Ethiopia but also in Sri Lanka, Uganda, and Kenya. Our team in Lalibela consists of four employees. They are trained by Read more […]


  • 2020-03: Ethiopia / Lalibela: Solidarity with Ethiopia and Lalibela in Corona times

This Monday, March 30th, an unprecedented campaign by PBF begins in Lalibela: clean water, soap and, above all, a broad information campaign for our almost 170 old, vulnerable people and their relatives Read more […]


  • 2020-03: Africa: PBF works in the spirit of Ubuntu in marginal communities

Ubuntu is not just an African philosophy but a spirituality and an ethic of African traditional life. It is the capacity in African culture to express compassion, reciprocity, dignity, harmony, Read more […]


  • 2020-03: Ethiopia / Addis Ababa: Overdue renovation of our VDI center for street people

VDI is an association of some Catholic lay people in Ethiopia. They voluntarily serve the poorest, the old women and men, in Addis Ababa. The center is in the city, actually a very Read more […]


  • 2020-03: Switzerland: Engagement of Beatrice Gill for PBF

Beatrice Gill has shaped the history of PBF in Lalibela from its beginning until today. This is shown in her report from spring 2010 Beatrice Gill has shaped the development of PBF in Ethiopia like no other person from Switzerland. Two days ago she became Read more […]


  • 2020-03: Switzerland / Bülach: Parish project with consequences

“God loves the donkeys” – also today in 2020. It makes a lot of sense to remember it today in a fast moving time. In the sentence “God loves the donkeys”, the first word is emphasized as strongly as the last. Because that is also the special thing about Read more […]


  • 2020-03: Ethiopia / Lalibela: Woldiya

Resilience as strengthening the community through social services and sport. Taekwando: with gold and silver they return to Lalibela A first report on this martial art, initiative, goal and background can be found e.g.  in https://bachmann-foundation.org/2016/11/17/2016-11-taekwondo/. Tesfaw Read more […]


  • 2020-02: Ethiopia / Lalibela: Young people in groups struggle to overcome unemployment

A group of our particularly active young people in Lalibela has finally found sustainable activity. One of the key concerns of PBF is to counter the unemployment of an infinite number of young Read more […]


  • 2020-02: Ethiopia / Gashena: Another well in the very poor area

On February 21, the founder and director of the Medium Clinic in Gashena writes: “Well, the second well is also completed. We expect 18’000 to 20’000 litres of fresh water per day. This means that well over 100 families Read more […]


  • 2020-02: Ethiopia / Lalibela: Habtu’s small steps to independence 

Habtu is a  young self-schooled street boy who has developed his skills in decor and designs. He makes colorful stickers as decoration for the small public taxis popularly known as bajaj. He started as a free agent Read more […]


  • 2020-02: Ethiopia / Lalibela: Self-help – Warkaw Destaw

Whoever encounters Warkaw Destaw will continue on their own path with strength He was very special to me since 2010, this small, extremely lively Warkaw! He was involved with Getachew, the person in charge in the first years of PBF, with the Read more […]


  • 2020-02:Ethiopia: Perspectives for orphans – the example of Bakela

Mesele Misgan, known as «Bakela», was born in the small village of Genetemariam, about 30 km east of Lalibela, and is now 20 years old. Since childhood, he has faced a variety of challenges. Bakela knows little or hardly anything to tell about his Read more […]


  • 2020-02: CV of Getachew

I am Getachew Sale with 24 age. I was born in countryside “kolaye” 35 Km far from Lalibela town on April 15, 1995, from my father Sale Mezgebu and My mother Yaezeb Telake.my families are farmers and housewife but they divorced when I was Read more […]


  • 2020-01: Conflict resolution

PBF and Local Traditional Conflict Resolution in Ethiopia Our work with local communities has enabled us to learn support and contribute to people’s lives in their own terms and traditions without the need to only use processes that are prohibitive, Read more […]


  • 2020-01: Ethiopia / Lalibela: CV Solomon

Solomon Molla – war experiences, but his dreams and visions, in his book of poems attracts attention at Genna and Timkat My name is Solomon Molla, born in 1984 in Lalibela, Ethiopia. I lived and grew up in Lalibela. I am living with my mother Abeba Read more […]


  • 2020-01: Ethiopia / Lalibela: poet Solomon

Christmas Poems – Solomon Molla, the poet from Lalibela For this year’s Christmas, the Ethiopian poet Solomon Molla has set a big goal. For fifteen years he has been writing poems that reflect his difficult life and his thoughts on life in his country Read more […]


  • 2020-01: Sri Lanka / Chilaw: new year

How we started the year With the annual Christmas concert (see pictures)  we ended the year 2019. After a long Christmas vacation we reopened the school for the new year on the 6 th of January 2020. Our children came on the first day to school with Read more […]


  • 2020-01: Ethiopia / Lalibela: Genna

Christmas celebrations (Genna) in Lalibela The Ethiopian Christmas celebrations, here called Genna, are a very special spectacle. As already mentioned, Lalibela is one of the most important pilgrimage places of Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity. According Read more […]